Cabin weekends are becoming increasingly popular, and why wouldn’t they? A rustic, charming place to unwind from a week in the city always sounds good to me (bonus points for mountain views & hot tubs). So yeah, I was pretty stoked to check out Pietsch Pit‘s riverfront Index Cabin.
Highway 2 in Washington always blows my mind. You know that one corner of the highway you loop around before Index and you’re hit with insane mountain views out of nowhere?? Well if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to experience it for yourself. I swear my mouth gapes every time.
If you don’t know me or what I do, I’m an occupational therapist that drives to each patient’s home every day for work. So for me, a long drive on the weekend can be hard for me to get behind. This was another reason why I was eager to get away to Pietsch cabins – they are only 1 hour outside of Seattle. God. Bless.
This post is in partnership with Index Cabins/Pietsch Pit Cabins. All opinions and writing are my own. All photography by Adam Ramer
Alright… The Cabins.
Me and a group of 5 others stayed in the Main Cabin and Movie Lair Cabin. They are situated right next to each other, making it easy to use the Main Cabin as the spacious hangout spot. The Main Cabin had a back porch that we used for grilling and hanging out with views of the mountains and river. Right behind the porch is a cozy hot tub with a trail to the fire pit and river access.
Here’s a peek at our Saturday itinerary at the Index Cabin:
- 5:00 am – leaving index cabin for sunrise at Index Town Upper Wall (.9 miles, 1400 ft elevation gain)
- 6:00 am – enjoying sunrise
- 7:00 am – make breakfast at the index cabin
- 8:00 am – nap
- 9:00 am – hot tub
- 10:00 am – riverside hangout – reading, slack line, sun bathing, hammock space
- 1:00 pm – lunch
- 2:00 pm – more hot tub
- 3:00 pm – mojitos, games, more river
- 5:00 pm – dinner
- 6:00 pm – campfire, s’mores
- 8:00 pm – hot tub, games and then bed
So, as you can see, our itinerary was very relaxed. You could easily fit climbing or a day hike instead of sunrise in. We also noticed that Index has an outdoor adventure company that offers rafting conveniently under 10 minutes from the cabin.
Other hiking options in the area:
- Lake Serene/Bridal Veil Falls
- Heybrook Ridge
- Heybrook Lookout
- Wallace Falls
- Barclay Lake
On Sunday, we took advantage of the hot tub one last time before making the quick drive into town for breakfast at the River House inside the Outdoor Adventure Center. A group of rafters were heading out for the morning as we were sipping on our coffee.
After brunch we drove down Index-Galena road to the washout (where the river destroyed the road in 2006). It was a scenic drive with lots of areas to explore. We observed some families fishing and soaked up a few more minutes of sunshine before heading home.
Check out the cabins at Pietsch Pit properties that I stayed at HERE
Additional properties – Boutique Tire Swing Cabin
If you’re visiting Washington, check out my blog on Mount Rainier National Park HERE